Taipei Night Markets – Choosing the Best Taipei Night Market for You

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If you visit Taiwan, then visiting the Taipei night markets should be your number-one thing to do. In truth, Taiwan night market food is great all over the island, but the Taipei night markets are some of the best. For many of you, Taipei may be the only Taiwanese city you visit, so make sure to stuff your face at some of the best night markets in Taipei. It’s one of our family’s favorite places to eat!

Visiting Taiwan? Eating at Taipei night markets should be on your list. In truth, Taiwan night market food is great all over the island, but the night markets in Taipei are some of the best. It's one of our family's favorite places to eat! Read where to go and what to eat right here! Things to do in Taipei | Taipei travel tips | Taiwanese food | Chinese Food | China Travel | Chinese Culture | Taiwan Food | Taipei food | Taiwan travel tips | Night Market Food | Street Food | Night Market Taiwan

Best Taipei Night Markets

I’ve had my share of street food: from takoyaki in Osaka to bocadillos in Valencia — from marquesitas in Merida to pie tee in Penang.

Out of all the street food we’ve tried, Taipei night market food remains my favorite. Taiwanese food is amazing, by the way. And Taipei night markets make some of my favorite food in the world. Seriously. I think about Taiwan night market food at least once a week.

Sure, there are lots of Chinese elements to Taiwanese food in general, and to the best Taipei night market food specifically. Yet it’s not always “Chinese” food. There are also elements of Portuguese, Dutch, and Japanese cuisine— remnants of past occupiers.

The best Taipei night market food is fresh and delicious. Seafood and vegetables are (generally) cooked to order, and the fruit and juice in Taiwan are second to none. Most of the best Taipei night markets also have carnival-like games and possibly a few kids’ rides as well.

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Tips for Visiting the Best Night Market in Taipei

There are dozens of big Taipei night markets around the city, but I’ve chosen just a few of my favorites below to recommend. I consider each to be the best Taipei night market in its own way, but everyone has their own opinions.

Crowds & Hot Surfaces

Keep in mind that a good night market in Taiwan is often very crowded. It’s totally safe for kids to run around a bit, and Taiwanese people are very kind and loving to children. Be aware, however, that many food stalls have hot surfaces and boiling oil here and there.

Stick to Long Lines

The best Taipei night market experience will probably involve standing in line. This is a good thing. For one, long lines mean something is popular and therefore delicious. It also means that it’s fresh, as the turnover is so fast that your food hasn’t been sitting around for long.

Try What’s Nearby

There are dozens and dozens of night markets in Taipei. Maybe more. Each neighborhood has one, so ask your hotel or locals what’s close and try that before you cross town just to try one I recommend. The best night market in Taipei may be around the corner and hasn’t been discovered yet!

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Spread throughout the city, the best night markets often act as the throbbing pulse of Taiwanese food culture. Sure, there is much finer dining to be had, but if you want a real slice of life on the island, then this is where to be. Below is not a complete list of the best Taipei night markets, but rather a selection of some of our favorites. What do you think is the best night market in Taipei? Let us know in the comments!

Shilin: Best Taipei Night Market for Newbies

This is one of the biggest night markets in Taipei, and one of the most famous night markets in Taiwan. You’ll find menus in English and Japanese, and it’s easy to access, being right next to the MRT Red Line’s Jian Tian stop.

That said, it’s mostly underground now, which I personally think is less atmospheric, and its popularity with tourists means that sometimes you get a more sanitized (and watered-down) version of local favorites. Check the nearby sprawl of streets for more culinary options.

Nearest station: MRT Red Line Jiantan station

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Shida: Best Night Market in Taipei for People Watching

This Taipei night market is not as centralized, and there’s less food and more fashion shops and other hipster stuff since it’s next to a university. Its location means that it draws a younger crowd of students. It can get a little artsy fartsy, which I like. That’s why I say it’s the best Taipei night market for people watching. You’ll also find more coffee and sandwich/burger shops here and there. Out of all the night markets in Taipei listed here, this is the hippest.

Nearest station: MRT Green line Taipower Building Station

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Ningxia: Best Taipei Night Market for Gourmands

There’s a lot to love about the Ninxia Market, and it’s all concentrated into a very small space. This Taipei night market is wedged onto one lane and gets very crowded, so if you’re claustrophobic, arrive early. That said, those of brave the crowds will be rewarded with come of the Taiwanese night market food on the island. Even the Michelin Guide points toward several stalls here. Many come for things like Taiwanese taro balls and mochi, but for me, it’s all about oyster pancakes.

If you’re unsure of where to go and what stands to try, then take a Taipei Night Market tour like this one. They specialize in the Ningxia Night Market and make sure you try the best stalls.

Nearest stations: 6 minutes from Shuanglian and approx 11 minutes from Zhongshan

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Jingmei: Best Night Market in Taipei for Authentic Environment

Located right by an MRT station, this Taipei night market is easy to reach and also very close to the Jingmei River and riverside park. It’s one of the most old-school night markets in Taipei, with few tourists. It’s also a little harder to navigate than some night markets in Taipei, as it’s not one strip but many roads and alleys together. That said, you have a nice outdoor space (the riverside park) to visit afterward.

Nearest station: right outside Jingmei Station

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Raohe: Best Taipei Night Market All Around

This is probably our family’s favorite night market in Taipei. It’s fairly compact and easy to navigate (just one long strip) and the food options are quite varied.

It becomes one of our favorite Taiwan night markets also because of its location. Situated next to a river, Raohe Night Market gives you a place to step out of the crush of humanity if you need a breather or simply want some open space to eat or lets the kids run around.

Nearest station: TRA Songshan Station

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Keelung Miaokou: Best Night Market in Taipei for Seafood

Out of all the Taipei night markets, this is where to go for the freshest seafood.  This port town has one of the most dynamic atmospheres of any night market.

There’s one catch: it’s actually not in Taipei city but 30-40 minutes by car and longer by train. You could arrange a driver (uber, taxi or tour), or get there by train. Another possibility is to tack it onto another day trip to Jiufen.

Beyond Taipei Night Markets – Nightlife in Taipei

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The night market in Taipei plays an important role in nightlife here, but even the best night market in Taipei is only part of the story. Here are a few areas of town where you’ll find good food and a great atmosphere.

Yongkang Street

Here you’ll find swank shops, hip cafes and excellent restaurants, including the original Din Tai Fung dumpling shop, which for some people is a destination in itself.

Nearest station: Dongmen (5min) or Da An (15min)

Ximending

Often called Taiwan’s Harajuku (a hip area of Tokyo), Ximending is one of those frantic hubs of youth-culture that pulses with noise and neon. Lots of food and shopping to be had here, as well.

Nearest station: Ximen Station

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Conclusion: Night Markets in Taipei

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Best Taipei Night Markets

Have you been to night markets in Taiwan with kids? What’s the best Taipei night market in your opinion? How about your favorite Taiwan night market food? Leave a comment below, and we hope your Taiwan travel is as great as ours.

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  1. Amen on those long lines Jason. Stick to busy places, meaning fresh food and delicious food at that. Do your stomach a favor.

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